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Ya Kun remains one of the places that I go to when I am craving some old-school crispy kaya toast. Although prices are rather steep for bread, Ya Kun has the best kaya I’ve tasted so far! So until I find somewhere else comparable, it’s likely I will remain a loyal fan.
The bread is toasted to crispy perfection, sandwiching a thick slab of sinful butter with delicious kaya. Paired with two soft-boiled eggs drenched in black sauce, the toast and egg makes a simple but wonderfully delicious meal.
For Singaporeans, Ya Kun has turned into a household name that has captured the hearts of many, and for good reason too!
I remember Ya Kun Kaya toast from before it was a massive international chain of cafes. In the past their they were one of the few places who made thin and crispy toasts by halving slices of thick white bread before toasting them.
By and large they have maintained their standard despite the massive expansion. They have also added new variations to their menu, most notably the steamed kaya bread. Steaming the bread melts the butter within, letting mix with the kaya and soak into the white bread. When
I love visiting Ya Kun for their breakfast sets, and the good thing is that they are open all day long, so I can choose to have breakfast at any time of the day.
The kaya toast is really well-done, with the bread being toasted till crispy. with a generous portion of kaya and butter slathered on it. Soft boiled eggs are one of my favourite foods ever, and I love eating the ones served by Ya Kun because the eggs are cooked and turn out perfectly, not too raw and not too cooked. Wash it down with a cup of coffee or tea, and this makes the perfect breakfast combination in Singapore.
Ya Kun offers delicious local breakfast fare with a touch of nostalgia, which is probably why it appeals to both the locals and foreigners as well. Ya Kun will always be my top choice for breakfast fare.
Ya Kun has possibly the best kaya toast in all of Singapore, that would explain why they would choose to put it in their shop name. The kaya is nice and 'eggy' which i think most Singaporeans would appreciate. something about the thick 'rods' of butter really draws me into the dish and i like the way the butter's really cold, together with the warm toast, it just adds a nice little contrast.
Their milo however, is a little pricey. It does taste better than most milos that you get, because it's nice and thick that has the consistency of a milkshake, but $3 is still too much.
The serve time is rather short, but I think that there's still room for improvement. It can get rather crowded in the mornings and you'd have to look around quite a bit for a table, and it's usually not even cleared yet. So the service could definitely do better.
Coming from someone who loves a good cup of coffee/tea, Ya Kun Kaya Toast is one of my favourite places to go to. I love the rich flavour of their coffees and teas and their traditional kaya butter toast. If you are planning to go to Ya Kun, I strongly recommend you to get their "kopi-si/teh-si" and kaya butter toast. Definitely worth a try!
I also love their rustic small chairs and tables that remind me a bit of old coffee shops. However, the only negative point would be that I think the prices of their beverages are getting too expensive. A small cup of coffee now costs $1.60! Hence, I suggest visiting Ya Kun only once in a while, as good coffees and teas can be found at public hawker centres for about $1 only.
Ya Kun has also tried to reinvent itself by coming up with "flashier drinks" like ice-blended varieties but I still strongly recommend staying traditional when you visit. Why go to a traditional place for a 'modern' drink?
Just like Carlsberg, Ya Kun Kaya Toast probably has the best coffee in the world, despite it's name being about Kaya Toast. Being a big fan of iced coffee, Ya Kun's recipe beats the likes of Starbucks and Coffee Bean in my opinion.
Despite it's deep history dating back to the late 1900s, the Ya Kun stalls seems to keep themselves updated while managing to maintain it's roots. The old-ish tables and chairs give the ambience of Singapore in the past, giving me a sense of belonging and home every time I walk in. Talking about being updated, the Ya Kun company constantly comes up with new ideas and recipes to keep it's customers enticed and wanting more. The recent addition of Ice-Blended beverages has been a hit amongst the younger generation, along with the chocolate toast dip and hot cheese toast.
I remember the first time i had Ya Kun kaya toast and a tall, ice cold glass of milo. It was my first TaeKwonDoe class. I had finished class, and was hungry and sweaty. I was craving something substantial to eat, coupled with an ice cold drink. My parents brought me to Ya Kun.
I remember ordering the tall stack of toast and a nice, tall glass of milo. I inhaled the food and drink within minutes, while my parents stared at me in surprise. I didn't eat much then.
From then on, every Sunday after TaeKwonDoe, I would head down to Ya Kun Kaya Toast at Rivervale Mall for some food and drink. It was a time we used to catch up with each other, to talk, and most importantly, to bond as a family. Those times are one I would never forget.
On a "morbid" level...Ya Kun Kaya Toast reminds of me some unpleasant experience. No, no, it's nothing to do with Ya Kun. Rather, it involved the environment that Ya Kun were in during it's early days when they located at the old Telok Ayer Basin, opposite Lau Pa Sat.
Back in those days, I recall enjoying that unique delicious brown crusty toasted bread, cut expertly thin and spread generously with their signature gorgeous kaya, salted butter with a cup of thick Hainanese coffee... while observing well fed rats scampering along the food centre ceiling trusses. Definitely not Remy, the aspiring Ratatouille those days yet.....
Rats notwithstanding, Ya Kun toasts and coffee were too good to resist. It's the de facto coffee break go to place (at least for me). Even during those days....looking at the constant long queue... you know this coffee joint is bursting at it's seams and is destined for greater heights.
Fast forward to present day...You can enjoy more than toast and coffee at Ya Kun, with it's menu of popular local dishes. Ya Kun is a success story that spread it's wings beyond S'pore shores. It holds it's own against international coffee chains....having it's own loyal supporters, that includes me. It's good the rats are a thing of the past.
There’s nothing like the smell of coffee beans to start a day. At Ya Kun, the welcoming interior and tiny te cups and saucers exude a nostalgic charm for the baby boomers. When I think of Ya Kun, I picture rickshaws and obviously, their famous brown crunchy toasts that have earned them their reputation.
Not only are the product offerings affordable, they certainly live up to expectations as well. Yes, Ya Kun has successfully redefined the traditional kopi and kaya to something that teenagers and children adore and appreciate. Try it if you have not, and you’d be pleasantly surprised.
I only started to visit Ya Kun more frequently during the past two years. In the past, I often relate Ya Kun to traditional coffee shops that sell kaya roti and kopi. But it totally changed my own views last year when I had it near the HDB hub.
At Ya Kun, you can taste many traditional Singapore breakfast like Kaya, butter toast and soft boiled eggs. Most importantly, I love the fact that despite selling these traditional items, they also offer many modern favorites like French toast and ice blended drinks! I especially love their green tea ice blended and iced Horlicks. No matter what your taste or preference is, Ya Kun can definitely offer something for you.
Overall, it definitely is a great place for you to chill and chit chat with your friends over a cuppa coffee :)